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Co-Founder Jamie Cheng
has detailed the challenges of Skank's PSN co-op campaign as part of an EA video interview.
To quote: I'd like to share our journey leading up to our decision to include a co-op campaign in our new title, [Register or Login to view links]
- and why we felt so strong about creating it as a separate mode altogether.
When Shank was shown at PAX 2009, there were two questions that I couldn't answer which came up over and over again. The first was, "What platform is it coming out on?" The second "is there going to be co-op?"
I answered the first question, with my own question. I stuffed our dev kit into a ghetto cardboard box, labeled with a large question-mark and strung a handful of controllers (including Atari and Dreamcast ones) from underneath it for added effect.
At the time, nobody had played Shank, and I didn't have platform approval yet. Thankfully, the gaming community and our fans spoke up, and I got my wish – we were able to negotiate a deal to bring the game to the PlayStation Network.
The second, co-op question - proved to be much trickier.
On one hand, we felt strongly about the classic, couch-play...